A letter from your guide

Steve Banks, Director of Mountain Guide Operations

Colorado is synonymous with powder skiing. Our high elevation and cold temperatures result in some of the lightest snow in the US. Irwin is uniquely located to catch any storm headed from the Great Basin, and we receive more than twice as much annual snowfall as nearby ski resorts. Orographic snowstorms will regularly drop a surprise two feet of fluffy powder on Irwin’s 1,000 acres of skiable terrain when other areas receive just inches. Eleven’s avalanche mitigation program allows our guests to safely ski steep terrain during these big storms. Our remote location gives a unique wilderness feel, while our on-mountain facilities, snow cats, and staff are unrivaled in the industry.

What will your trip look like?

We’ll ski every day, and during storm days hit protected trees and glades for better visibility. Once you step off the cat and onto Scarp Ridge, it’s go time. Our operation rivals the likes of the Wasatch range in Utah or British Columbia, and we have an active avalanche forecasting and mitigation program, which uses explosives for testing slopes. This keeps us skiing steep terrain consistently and confidently. We typically snag 8-10 runs per day, breaking for lunch. Expect après cocktails and snacks at our on-mountain chalet at day’s end. Three guides per group allows us to split the group into two and ski varying terrain.

Day 1 - Crested Butte Mountain Resort

Get outfitted with custom Wagner skis and top-of-the-line gear essentials. Ride the resort’s lifts and warm up those ski legs. Traverse on-piste, groomed runs or check out the expert steep-and-deep terrain. If desired, a private ski lesson with a vetted ski instructor can get you prepped for the week. Have lunch on-mountain and après at our slope-side Crested Butte condo.

Day 2 - Resort or Cat Skiing

Time to challenge yourself. Whether hitting the resort for round two, or opting to tackle snowcat skiing, epic turns are the only demands of the day. Our guides use this day to assess skill levels and discuss client goals for the week ahead.

Day 3-5 - Snowcat Skiing

Eleven’s custom-designed Tucker snowcat picks you up right in front of the lodge. This 45-minute alpine limo (think flat screen TV, mood lights, and custom playlists) transfers guests to Irwin. At our on-mountain chalet, boot up, meet your guides, and receive a final safety briefing. A second snowcat delivers you to off-piste, untouched powder. Mornings allow for 4-5 runs prior to a delicious gourmet lunch, topped with another 4-5 afternoon descents. Brag about the best runs of the day during après-ski, then re-load the Tucker and head back to town.

Day 6 - Hybrid Backcountry Tour - Scarp Ridge to Mt. Emmons

After being outfitted with lightweight alpine touring boots, a snowcat or snowmobile will take you from Irwin to the 12,000-foot Scarp Ridge. Skin up 800 feet on a dramatic ridge tour to Mt. Emmons, with 360-degree Elk Mountain views. Your reward? 2,500 vertical feet. Guides will give tips on ski touring while strategizing the best descent.

Packing List

  • Helmet
  • Warm ski hat, baseball hat
  • Goggles (high and low-light lenses)
  • Sunglasses
  • Outerwear (ski jacket and pants)
  • Ski boots (alpine or backcountry)
  • Ski socks
  • Gloves or mittens (heavy and lightweight)
  • Warm layers for top and bottom: capilene, wool, fleece
  • Small backpack or duffel (for transporting ski gear to and from Irwin and the resort)
  • If you are backcountry skiing, avalanche safety gear will be provided to you
WEATHER FORECAST

Apr 20, 2018

Day
Snow Showers
27° F
2-6"
Night
Snow Showers
21° F
1-3"
27° F

2-6 inches

21° F

1-3 inches

Apr 21, 2018

Day
Scattered Snow Showers
34° F
1-2"
Night
Partly Cloudy
23° F
0"
34° F

1-2 inches

23° F

0 inches

Apr 22, 2018

Day
Sunny then Chance Rain/Snow
43° F
0"
Night
Slight Chance Snow Showers then Partly Cloudy
29° F
0"
43° F

0 inches

29° F

0 inches

Apr 23, 2018

Day
Mostly Sunny then Slight Chance Snow Showers
43° F
0"
Night
Partly Cloudy
29° F
0"
43° F

0 inches

29° F

0 inches

Apr 24, 2018

Day
Mostly Sunny
42° F
0-1"
Night
Partly Cloudy
28° F
0"
42° F

0-1 inches

28° F

0 inches

Forecast Provided by Opensnow.com

New (24 hrs)

8

Inches

8 inches

New (7 days

36

Inches

36 inches

Base

42

Inches

42 inches

Season

137

Inches

137 inches

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